Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Is it possible to have Spotify output audio from one sound card and a game output from another sound card at the same time?

share|improve this question

No. The OS will only allow you to select one sound card. And for the software you are referring to, as it is today, it is not likely.

However, sound cards can have multiple outputs. Meaning, depending on the settings of your software, you could select software1 to use SoundCard channels 1 and 2, and software2 to use SoundCard channels 3 and 4.

This type of hardware is typically used by musicians and recording engineers. This is what I use and as you can see there are many ins and outs (where outs are the only thing you'd be interested in):

Firewire sound card with multiple  ins and outs

The interface can be PCI, PCI-E, Firewire or USB and can be as cheap as about ~£100/~125euro/~$150 to as much as you want to spend.

This means you can take your outputs to 2 separate speaker pairs.

So, before you go out and buy something, see if you have any option in your software for selecting what sound card to use because if you don't have that option, then you have no options other than the default selected by Windows!

share|improve this answer
some applications,especially media players, allow you to select which sound card to output to. – cloneman Jul 30 '14 at 18:19

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.